Experience the Sheer Magic of Photo Compositing

May 16, 2012 | | Comments 0

Whether you’re familiar with compositing or you’ve always wanted to explore it, you’ll love Mark Johnson’s latest video tutorial series, “Dramatic Portrait Compositing: From Capture to Completion,” because it reveals every secret you need to accomplish mind-blowing composites. Although the specific focus of this series is on creating a dramatic portrait composite using a studio-lit model and an edgy HDR background, the concepts covered here apply to every type of compositing, whether the subject is a person, a pencil, or anything in between. Through precise control of light, color, texture, and atmospheric effects both in the studio and in Photoshop, it’s possible to craft scenes that would be nearly impossible to capture solely with a camera.

You’ll learn how to…

  1. Light and photograph a subject for compositing
  2. Capture a striking background
  3. Make accurate selections
  4. Use Photomatix Pro to stylize the background
  5. Merge the subject with the background by balancing light and color
  6. Add dramatic atmospheric effects that help sell the composite
  7. Finish the composite using Nik Color Efex Pro Complete
  8. Create the popular edgy look made famous by Joel Grimes

To view the complete contents, watch the Introduction, and to order, visit

About Mark S. Johnson Photography

Mark S. Johnson is an Adobe Photoshop luminary, a photographer, an author, and one of the most passionate instructors you will ever encounter. Through the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, The Radiant Vista, and Boulder Digital Arts, Mark has lectured in front of and worked side-by-side with countless individuals, including Adobe’s Chief Executive Officers, Jane Goodall, the U.S. Ambassador to Finland, and 2010 Academy Award winning director, Louie Psihoyos. His tutorials appear regularly on the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) web site, and his imagery and articles have been featured in Photo Techniques, Nature’s Best, and After Capture magazines. Watch hundreds of Mark’s free and entertaining Photoshop tutorials at


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About the Author: Scott Rouse is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE), photographer, teacher, and graphic- and web-designer in Missoula, MT. His photography focuses on wildlife and adventure sports and can be viewed at His design and consulting work can be seen at